Halftime Analysis: Missouri 14, Texas 3

November, 12, 2011
11/12/11
12:39
PM ET
Turning point: Texas came into the game questioning the health at running back with Malcolm Brown suffering from turf toe. It turned out Brown was unable to go. Added to that was the fact that Joe Bergeron was out because of a hamstring injury. Then in the first quarter Fozzy Whittaker went down with a serious knee injury. That left Texas with little-used Jeremy Hills at running back.

Best player in the half: Kendial Lawrence came in for an injured Henry Josey and provided the game’s only big play with a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Josey appeared to have his bell rung on run inside the five in the second quarter.

What Texas needs to do: The Longhorns are going to have to get some sort of passing game going to stay in the game. David Ash missed a wide-open a touchdown to Marquise Goodwin, but did hit a couple of longer passes in the first half. Texas needs to take advantage of the wind when it gets the ball in the second half.

What Missouri needs to do: Continue to control the line of scrimmage. Missouri was making huge holes on offense and sacked Ash twice in the second quarter. The offensive line settled down in the second quarter and allowed quarterback James Franklin to pick apart the secondary and made plenty of room to run for Josey and Lawrence.

Carter Strickland | email

Reporter, HornsNation

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